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“I lived next to Baa till I was 4 years old and my dad JD worked with Rick. I have a lot of memories of all the Harpers. Baa was my best friend as a...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Melissa Devereaux - Bloomfield, IA

“Jackie and Dusty, We want to share our sympathies with your families at this difficult time. Rick (and Jackie) have been wonderful hosts when we...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Marcus Hopp and Chad Wilson - MN

“Rick was the most caring man and helped so many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie and his daughter. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Shawn and Jackie Richardson - IA

“I send my sincere condolences to the famly of Rick Harper. I have many wonderful childhood memories of Rick, his parent, Deverre and Mattie, his...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Tim Leonard - Creston, IA

“I will never forget, when Raymond and I got our son Chris, Rick brought us a tree that he didn't need. He planted it in the front yard and he named...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Renita Murrell - Bloomfield, IA

“So very sorry for your loss, Dusty. You are in my thoughts and prayers.WA ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: MaryLouise Bryan - Las Vegas, NV

“Dear Pal-O'Mine , You (and your dear mother) played key roles in the hands-down highlight of my teen years :-) I can still see you -- grinning...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: A. Joseph Wyse - Iowa City, IA

“I was one of the roady's that followed your dad and the SOS band when I was home from college. The band came to Davenport performed then stayed at...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: JL Stogdill D.C. - Pulaski, IA

“I worked for Rick at Harper's Plantation for 12 years. Dusty, I know you won't remember me, but I remember you. Your Father would bring you in to...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: NANCY (Proctor) Byrn - Queen City, MO

“So glad we got to know you, really enjoyed visiting with you at the football games, who would of thought that the Lamoni game would have be our last,...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Frank and Deb Ollinger

“My thoughts and prayers for family and friends. Rick was my boss at the flower shop in Bloomfield when I was in high school ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Ronda Comer Hipsher - Oskaloosa, IA

“When Rick ran the florist shop, he would go there at 6 AM on my birthday to meet my husband with a bouquet of red roses for me. Jim would place them...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Carol McKee - Bloomfield, IA

“At the last Monterey Auction Rick and I said our usual bs and I always had a new joke for him. This time it was a joke about him. "Hey Rick, I was...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Danny Smith - Bloomfield, IA

“Rick you have touched so many lives in a positive way. We never told you enough how much we appreciated you. Your life was to short but you...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Hoffman - Moravia, IA

“A wonderful guy that was taken to soon. I'll never forget the many times he escorted me out of the bar when I was under age. Then he'd laugh about it...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Alyssa Cossel - Unionville, IA

“Shared many a car ride, baseball game and numerous other activities not to be mentioned here. Rick was a great friend, classmate and drummer. He will...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Ritter - Omaha, NE

“Hoop, I first met you in January of 1995, when you came to my house to see if I was interested in singing for your band, Hired Guns. What a ride we...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Johnny Whicker - Ottumwa, IA

“What a great guy! I worked for Rick 30 years ago at Harper's Landscaping in Centerville. Needless to say we had more fun than anything else. You...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Merle Jones - Keokuk, IA

“Rick made everyone feel like family. Sorry to lose a great man so soon. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Eric Sayre - San Antonio, TX

“I have too many memories to count. Rick and I were cousins, nearly the same age. We grew up together. I have wonderful memories of all the major...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Andrews - Newton, IA - cousin


Rick Clay Harper, age 63, of Moravia, Iowa passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa.

He was born August 12th, 1952 in Bloomfield, Iowa, to Deverre Harper and Mattie Mills. He graduated from Davis County High School and then later received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and Landscape Design from Iowa State University.

Rick was able to spend 22 years with his best friend Jackie White where they resided in Moravia, Iowa.

Rick was a member of the original group, Syndrum of Soul, playing drums from the time he was 14 years old and founding the first band with Gary French in 1966.

He always shared his passion for live music, going to concerts and dancing with his daughter and friends. His love for landscaping, flowers, and planting trees helped shape many communities in Bloomfield, Albia, Centerville, and Moravia, Iowa.

He was involved in running several establishments, including Fat Annies, the Kozy Inn Motel, and the rental business with Jackie "Bubs" White for 22 years together. They helped initiate several activities within the community such as Gobbler's Ball, the Fat Ride, the Moravia Easter Egg Hunt, weekly euchre, and served as President of the Moravia Housing Board. He was well known for his love for racing, the Iowa State Cyclones, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rick's greatest passion was spending time with family and friends celebrating life. In every way. From camping, to boating, playing in the band, and being "an enthusiastic collector," the greatest legacy he leaves behind is his love and happiness of life.

He is survived by his daughter, Dustin Marie Cardona Harper, and son-in-law, Ivan Dario Cardona Ospina of Bogota, Colombia. Also, his life partner and best friend, Jacqueline Ann White.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie B. Mills and H. Deverre Harper of West Grove Iowa, and his aunt Kathleen Hill, of Bloomfield Iowa, his grandmother, Jewel "Baa" Mills, of West Grove, Iowa, and his great grandparents, Clay and Hazel B. Harper of West Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 12 PM, Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Moravia, Iowa with Pastor Cindy Finn officiating. Burial will follow in the West Grove Cemetery. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia on Thursday, September 24 from 10AM to 8PM, with the family present from 5-8 PM. Memorials have been designated to the family of Rick Harper and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home 1900 South 18th Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.